I was having my very first hackathon around two weeks ago. I have never participated in a hackathon before because I thought it was just for geek coders and therefore someone like me (who is not so much into coding) would have nothing to do on hackathon. But I was a bit intrigued to join Midtrans Hackathon last April because I was bored and I miss being in a competition.
I joined the team as a late-comer. I didn’t know why but the people on my team has one thing in common: we all went to the same college. I have worked with all of them before on different projects. The geek side of us insisted that we should be looking to create something awesome, although I knew the chance of winning was very thin if we decide to build such product as it has no value towards solving the company’s biggest problems. Nevertheless, we decided to build something complex and difficult anyway because, you know, we only want to do something challenging.
Our planning phase went just so-so. We hadn’t even decided what product to be built until a week before the hackathon. To be honest, we didn’t specifically define our backlog until the D-day. But when the hackathon started, I realized that I was working with not only motivated but also smart, fast-learner, and self-manage individuals.
This reminds me of my case competition memories with Baskarry Team. Ardian and Gunawan were one of the best people I have ever worked with, and I always had the confidence that, if being put in a team, the three of us can win any competitions. Everyone worked equally hard. Supervision and instructions were not needed. Each of us knew what to do, and when we had problems, we communicated early, and of course we close issues fast. This was also the case with my hackathon team. We couldn’t stop telling each other how we enjoy the teamwork, and how we admire each other’s ability. One word to describe them: awesome.
We might not win the hackathon, but we had successfully built a fully working prototype of such complex product. I think it was one of the most enjoyable moments I had this year. Great teamwork really brings satisfaction. Once again, the “gather the right people on the bus first, decide the direction second” is still the right thing to do.